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    Palm Abandoning WinMO Amid Sluggish Sales of Pre

    Palm is abandoning efforts to develop Windows Mobile-based handsets to focus on its in-house operating system, company President and CEO Jonathan Rubinstein said during a conference call with analysts.

    "While there are still Centros and Treo Pros moving through the channel, our future engineering efforts will be based around webOS," Rubinstein said, according to a transcript by Seeking Alpha. "To build really great consumer products, you have to control the entire experience and own the operating system and services..."

    The move to ditch WinMO comes as Palm reported sluggish sales of its flagship handset, the Palm Pre. The smartphone was touted as an iPhone-killer before was released in June but has failed to live up to the hype. Though Palm is refusing to break out sales of the Pre, the company shipped a total of 823,000 units during its August quarter, the vast majority of which were attributed to sales of the Pre.


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    I think Palm is making the right choice. They control the WebOS, and they have a winning product based on my experience with the Pre.

    The Pre has sold more than half a million units, or so the rumors go, since June. The majority of Palm sales are now the WebOS Pre. Why should they work on phones people don't want?

    I'm guessing that over time WebOS phones will improve, and we'll see a lot of variety. More power to Palm.

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    Sluggish by what standard? If compared to the iPhone, then yes. Compared to anything in the last 5 years that Palm has released? I don't see how windows mobile could have fared any better than the pre has, and continues to. Though I do agree Pre sales didn't live up to the hype, this really has nothing to do with the fact that they aren't shipping wm devices.

    I hope windows mobile 7 lives up to the hype, but 6.5 looks pretty underwhelming to me. WebOS is easily the best smartphone OS available today.

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    This is classic Rubenstein following the Apple model of making the whole widget. They will control hardware/software integration much better by doing it all themselves, and they will only have to worry about 3rd party apps.

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